This flexible and unique programme is designed to allow practitioners who work in mental health services to build upon previous knowledge and experience in the field. It aims to enhance this prior knowledge and experience to facilitate your development and mastery in mental health-related skills and knowledge. It is anticipated that completing this MSc will enable you to contribute to the enhancement of professional mental health practice, research and service development.
You will be given the opportunity to study with others from a wide range of mental health settings and backgrounds, both nationally and internationally. It is hoped that the diversity of this learning environment stimulates enhanced learning of mental health issues, leading to improved practice and service development.
This MSc will allow you to plan your own individual study pathway to meet your personal, professional, academic and service needs. Furthermore, the optional modules can be taken at a pace and frequency that suits your circumstances, taking into account issues such as your location and work-life balance. As such, a number of modules are available via distance learning.
The best way to undertake this programme is over a minimum of two years. This will enable you to continue working in clinical practice and use that practice to help you complete the assignments on the course. You will complete the programme by choosing from a selection of modules that are available in the department. Please note that although we have an October start, dependent upon your choice of modules, it may be that your first class dates for your first modules may have a January start. This will be discussed with you when you start on the programme and choose the modules you wish to undertake.
In order to complete the programme applicants must be working in mental health or mental health related caring services with direct access to service users. They must be working with mental health service users during the course of their studies. This is so that assessments on the programme can be completed. EU and International students will need to provide evidence in their application that they have arranged such access before their application can be processed.
Overall, the programme is designed so that, where possible, credits achieved through prior study are recognised as part of the award.
Please note: This course does not lead to registration as a mental health nurse or other mental health practitioner. Applicants wishing to undertake a professional nursing programme, please visit our Nursing pages.
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Applicants undertaking this route will need to complete 180 credits. This will be made up of:
Applicants who have undertaken prior learning for which they have gained academic credit, may be able to use these credits towards the final award of masters.
If you do not wish to study the full MSc, you can complete a PGCert (60 credits) where you choose a combination of Optional Modules from the list above.
If you do not wish to study the full MSc, you can complete a PGDip (120 credits) where you study one core module and the remaining 90 credits are chosen from the Optional Modules list above.
You will work on practical assignments as well as attending lectures, workshops and seminars, where you will take part in class discussions and give presentations. You will work on problem-solving exercises, case studies, role-play exercises and group exercises, and supplement all this with your own independent study, including online learning. You will submit a research proposal and dissertation or work-based project, for which you will receive one-to-one tuition.
As well as exams, practical assessments and your dissertation or project, you may be assessed through a variety of means: reports, critical reflections on practice, service reviews, literature reviews, critical reviews of evidence, reflective journals, study skills workshops, case studies, online quizzes, presentations and class discussions. These will depend on the modules you take. You will receive regular feedback on your work, both from your tutors and other students.
This programme is aimed at practitioners who have experience of working in a mental health setting. It provides an excellent opportunity for them to use their existing expertise, professional qualifications or work experience to gain a recognised qualification.
The Mental Health Studies Programme has been specifically designed to further your career within the industry through enhancing existing professional practice through personal development and self-managed learning, as well as consolidating and expanding your professional network. You will have the opportunity to gain a qualification that is directly relevant to your field of work and the projects you complete will also make a significant contribution to the achievement of your work objectives. Combined, these benefits provide a powerful stimulus to career development and enhancement in your professional area.
Dr Kelly is the course leader for MSc Mental Health Studies. Teaching and support for the programme is provided by the Department of Mental Health, Social Work and Integrative Medicine.
Start: January 2019, October 2019
Start: October 2019, EU/INT induction: September 2019
Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time